It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled.
Mark Twain
Obviously, this holds true for a minority of people who are believing in conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, the same is applicable to a major share of the population which is readily applauding governmental propaganda, adopted and transmitted by so-called mainstream media. Nota bene: the author has been living in Germany and remembers more objective, critical reporting as well as real debate from pre CoVid-19 times.
Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.
Paulo Coelho
A look into social media suggests that this has increasingly come true. Does it reflect a lack of people giving explanations or is it the result of a growing reluctance to bother about divergent opinions and facts? Are social media simply amplifying omnipresent cacophony or Is such a perception biased by vulnerability to noisy bowwow?
It is not so much that I have confidence in scientists being right, but that I have so much in nonscientists being wrong.
Isaac Asimov
Education, the adoption of scientific methodology and not least a discursive validation of findings are increasing the chance that scientists come closer to reality by striving for evidence.
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
Albert Einstein
Although a bit harsh, this quote presumably was addressed to people engaged in research who rarely are foolish with respect to their intellectual capacities. Nevertheless, the understanding of findings regarding their scope, implications as well as the missing pieces is making the distinction.
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Anselm Adams
As a photographing scientist the author knows from own experience that this quote from the photographer Anselm Adams also applies to the realm of research and ostensibly science-based politics.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first by reflection, which is noblest, second by imitation, which is easiest and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
The enumeration might be understood in that way that each method on its own may yield wisdom. The author is convinced that Confucius' notion was totally different …
Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.
Karl Lagerfeld
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